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Facilitator - Gender Responsive SRMNCAH Rights in the Humanitarian Settings Trainings
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Homebased, KENYA|
|Application Deadline :||04-Nov-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||10 working days|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
UN Women East & Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) maintains a large presence in the Eastern and Southern Africa region, covering 13 countries with a Programme Presence in Somalia. In accordance with the UN Women Strategic Note, which is in line with the Africa Strategy, UN Women works to advance social, economic, and political rights and protection of women and girls from violence including harmful practices. The ESARO also focuses on those from marginalized, excluded, and under-represented groups, including rural women, women with disabilities, women living with or affected by HIV, women survivors of violence, women migrants, elderly women among others. Additionally, women and girls are often greatly affected in both sudden and slow-onset emergencies and are at increased risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, unplanned pregnancies, maternal deaths, and illnesses, and sexual and gender-based violence. UN Women’s Programme on Women’s Empowerment in Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, New-born, Child, and Adolescent Health (SRMNCAH) rights in humanitarian settings in the Horn of Africa Region (POWER) seeks to address some of these challenges.
The Horn of Africa (HoA), which consists of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Uganda, currently has 20 million people affected by crises which has a negative impact on the most vulnerable population’s ability to access sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. The context leaves women and girls particularly vulnerable to sexual exploitation and abuse, including defilement and rape. This is further compounded by the social distancing and restrictions imposed during COVID-19, making it difficult to make available and access the services in many countries specifically in humanitarian settings.
Several on-going crises in HoA have led to large movements of people within and between countries and significant local, national, and regional impacts. Wide geographical and socio-economic disparities impact access to health services, and coverage of priority SRMNCAH interventions is sub-optimal both in the development and humanitarian settings throughout. Discrimination against women and girls including gender-based violence, economic exclusion, and the disparity in access to quality and affordable SRMNCAH services is common across the region. In humanitarian settings, many women and girls are vulnerable due to the limited healthcare facilities, lack of information and some-times difficulties accessing or inability to access services due to their vulnerability. Their situation has become worse with COVID 19.
Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 and the subsequent closure of schools, the number of unplanned pregnancies especially among adolescent girls has escalated. The pandemic risks the reversal of gains made in the access SRMNCAH services and protection of women and girls. Limited access to SRMNCAH services especially, menstrual hygiene products and sexual and reproductive health services including post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) kits will exacerbate risks to girl’s reproductive health. There are instances where fear of infection, family and caregivers are reluctant to permit adolescent girls to access such services.
The importance of reproductive rights and access to quality health services for women and girls are enshrined in a wide range of normative frameworks, including the Convention on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Platform for Action, the Programme of Action of International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially target 5.6 on sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights and related targets across Goal 3. Most recently, the Generation Equality Forum Blueprints for Action Coalitions on Gender-Based Violence and Bodily Autonomy and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights add new momentum to these commitments. POWER analysis of legal and policy frameworks has shown that these international frameworks are reinforced by various instruments and policies at the regional and national levels to promote SRMNCAH, such as the African Union Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Continental Policy Framework (2005) which is operationalized through the Maputo Plan of Action. However, efforts to address discriminatory practices and the diverse barriers to women and girl’s demanding their rights remain a priority and are a focus for POWER.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objective of the POWER Programme:
The programme aims to address the barriers that prevent women, children, and adolescents from demanding and realizing their rights to SRMNCAH services. It seeks to achieve the following outcomes (results) in humanitarian settings:
The POWER programme is implemented in select humanitarian settings in Ethiopia and Uganda and complemented by key activities at the regional level for the Horn of Africa (HoA).
POWER will convene dialogues and training for the Horn of Africa (HoA) region in 8 countries (Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, and Djibouti) to complement activities implemented in selected areas in humanitarian settings in Ethiopia and Uganda. In this regard and in support of POWER Project’s Outcome 3: Empowered women and girls to exercise their SRMNCAH rights and seek services and Output 3.1 SRMNCAH rights and services championed by women leaders, UN Women - ESARO will train women in relevant government ministries, regional economic communities, parliamentarians, and key advocates on gender responsive SRMNCAH rights. The participants will be identified through UN Women country offices as current or potential partners for country-level and regional advocacy. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the training will be conducted virtually, and UN Women is seeking a Facilitator/Trainer to finalize training content and lead the delivery of the virtual training in collaboration with UN Women
Objective of the training:
The overall objective of the training on gender responsive SRMNCAH rights is to increase the awareness and knowledge of individual leaders on SRMNCAH rights as well as enhancing their capacities to advocate for those rights. The training aims to:
The training will accompany the work undertaken by UN Women Ethiopia and Uganda Country Offices toward empowering women and girls to exercise their SRMNCAH rights and seek services in humanitarian settings.
Scope of Work:
The regional virtual is envisioned to be held over a period of 3-5 half-days in late October, followed with 2 days follow up in November (specific dates to be confirmed). Participants will be engaged before the training to ensure the content and approach meets their needs and can maximize their learning, exchange of expertise and collaboration with other participants. The Facilitator/Trainer will be expected to guide the overall training agenda and methodology, lead on select topics and moderate discussions to meet the training objectives identified above.
Indicators to evaluate the consultant’s performance:
Performance indicators are:
The deadline for sending the Final report is 5 working days after completion of training. Approval of the final report by the UN Women will be the basis for issuing the final payment as indicated in the Payment schedule.
The successful candidate should be able to take up their duties as soon as the contractual documentation has been finalized.
In full consideration for satisfactory completion of deliverables as provided for in these terms of reference and subject to receipt of the inception and final reports as provided for herein.
UN Women shall pay the consultant:
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Required Skills and Experience
UNWOMEN is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence